The Delhi police on Thursday arrested a taxi driver who allegedly stole jewellery worth Rs50 lakh and Rs6.5 lakh in cash from a wedding at a five star hotel.
Gurvinder Singh was arrested from General Taxi Stand in east Delhi and the jewellery worth Rs50 lakhs and Rs3.5 lakhs cash was recovered from him, police said.
The incident came to the notice of the police after one Aakash, who had come to Ashoka Hotel for his sister’s wedding, with all the valuables, filed a complaint with the police.
“He had come all the way from Churu, Rajasthan, along with all the jewellery, cash and clothes to be used in the marriage ceremony of his sister. He along with family members went to Ashoka Hotel, where the wedding was to take place, and kept the bag full of jewellery inside the car’s boot,” Brij Kishore Singh, DCP, New Delhi said.
“After attending the wedding he came back to the car but did not find the bag inside. He then approached the police and a case was registered,” Singh added.
During investigation, the police scanned the CCTV footage accessed from cameras installed around the place of incident and other embassies. The security guards were also examined. “During interrogation of security guards and scanning of CCTV footage, one suspicious car and its driver was observed. It was found that the car was being used by some guest from Ashoka hotel. The guests were then contacted to find out where they booked the taxi from. It was then found that the car was hired from General Taxi stand in Ashok Vihar. A raid was conducted and the accused was detained and interrogated,” Singh said.
Singh disclosed that on April 30, he visited Ashoka Hotel in his taxi to drop off some passengers.
He then saw a car parked inside the parking at Ashoka Hotel and its boot was open. He allegedly watched the movement of the people around and stole the bag from the car and fled.
With the arrest, the police recovered, one gold mangalsutra, a gold necklace, a gold chain, a pair of earrings, a box of Tanishq containing a gold necklace and a pair of earrings, a pearl necklace, gold bangles, gold rings, silver bowl and other gold, silver and diamond jewellery along with Rs3.5 lakh cash.